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daryl jamieson

artistic director

Daryl Jamieson (1980) was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He trained in Canada, the UK, and Japan, and currently lives in Kamakura. His artistic practice is rooted in his practical and theoretical studies of Nō theatre, Japanese traditional instruments, and his academic training in Western modernist composition. He is interested in intercultural art, collaborative creation, and rooting art in the political and social environment in which we live. He founded atelier jaku in 2013 in order to provide a platform for presenting his own works and those of like-minded composers.

Major compositions of his include his 'Vanitas' trilogy of works for atelier jaku, a trio of hour-long pieces of chamber music theatre. The first of these is a monoopera for soprano called Matsumushi, the second a piece of instrumental music theatre for shō and u, viola, and cello called fallings, and the final piece is a site-specific work for five Japanese traditional instruments called is nowhere free of bad tidings? His other major works include a piece for 25 Baroque and traditional instruments commissioned by Ensemble Muromachi, a trio for voice, biwa, and sho called Spectral (for Kazuo Ohno), three string quartets (if exposed..., warm stones and monkish fires), two large chamber works (crystal grapeshot bouquet and con tu sueño en mi sueño), a shakuhachi concerto called locked darkness, a solo organ score for Jean Genet’s silent film un chant d’amour, and many songs.

His music has been performed by the Quatuor Bozzini, Musiques Nouvelles, the Orchestre National de Lorraine, Ensemble Muromachi, Satoko Inoue, Ko Ishikawa, Christopher Yohmei Blasdel, Yusuke Satoh, Junko Ueda, Naoko Kikuchi, Barbara Pritchard, the Arnold Schönberg Chamber Orchestra, and the University of York Chamber Orchestra.

He was also a co-founder and the composer-in-residence of mmm…, a Tokyo-based trio dedicated to introducing the music of young composers from around the world to Japanese audiences (2010-14), as well as a founding member of the Tokyo-based international composers collective Music Without Borders, and a member of the Hogaku 2010 composers group dedicated to writing new music for traditional Japanese instruments.

Daryl’s personal website can be found here.